Duncan Stearn is a freelance journalist, historian, and traveller with a love of greyhound and horse racing. These diverse interests have led to the publication of 10 books since 1985, covering history (Brief History of the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War, Chronology of South-East Asian History 1400-1996); travel (Pattaya ‘Patpong on Steroids’); greyhound (The Ultimate Accolade) and horse racing (Bernborough, Australia’s Greatest Racehorse).
He has written articles for publications such as Turf Monthly, The Australian Magazine, Adelaide Review, Daily Telegraph (Sydney), The Nation (Bangkok), Asia-Pacific Tropical Homes, Journal of Siam Society and many others.
There are 35 stand-alone stories covering a range of historical moments from the early nineteenth century and through to the end of the twentieth century. Each is designed to give a perspective of events in Thailand at what might be termed a ‘snapshot in time’.
Thailand Timeline is a chronology of Thai history from 1500 to 2015. It lists in sequence the main historical information during this period. Covering more than 500 years of its rich and varied history, Thailand Timeline runs to almost 200,000 words and over 7,000 individual entries.
This is a short book designed to dispel some of the lingering myths surrounding professional gambling. The author has been involved in the racing industry since the early 1970s and made his living from racing for a number of years in the early 1990s.
A walking tour of Bangkok, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Famous for its food, shopping, and nightlife. It also has a rich European-influenced history, with some relics still remaining in the architecture of a variety of well-known tourist attractions, as well as a few that are off the beaten track.
At the end of 1968 the muscular Zoom Top was already regarded by many as one of greatest racing greyhounds Australia had ever seen. By the time recurring injury forced her into retirement in early 1970, Zoom Top had swept all before her in a series of thrilling victories, downing some of the best racers in the country over a variety of distances.
This compilation of the columns of Nightmarch covers its beginnings in the Pattaya Mail newspaper in June 2000 and goes all the way through to its conclusion in the Pattaya One newspaper in September 2011.
Almost unwittingly it provides an interesting social history of the growth of the nightlife scene in Pattaya in the first decade of the twenty-first century. This volume also includes items tha
Journalist Duncan Stearn takes a closer look at the International Court of Justice ruling on the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the Preah Vihear temple ruins and changes his view on which country is in the right.
Our Man in Pattaya by Duncan Stearn, the author of Pattaya, Patpong on Steroids.
Come for a walk on the wacky side as Pattaya and its locals and foreigners come together in a collection of the best of the popular Our Man in Pattaya monthly columns from the pages of the Pattaya Trader (also published by the Phuket Gazette newspaper under the title Streets of Pattaya).
Are you tired of losing?
Then become a winner. Why lose your hard-earned money at the races when you could come out ahead? Even if you are a net winner you just know you could be even more profitable?
This book, which you can read in less than a couple of hours, represents more than 40 years of accumulated knowledge!
Opium in Thailand traces the history of the trade from its beginnings in the late 17th century and its imposition by the British as a trading item on Siam through to the rise of the famed Golden Triangle and the attempts at suppression from the 1960s onwards.
In Tarts, Touts and Temples, author Duncan Stearn recounts a series of trips and adventures to which many who have been to Southeast Asia can relate. All are true, even if some sound fanciful or a bit too true to be believed.
Pattaya, Patpong on Steroids quickly became an English language best seller in Thailand when first published in 2002. The author not only brought a journalist's expertise to, but also an insiders knowledge of, the Pattaya nightlife bar scene. His chapter on the Australian 60 Minutes TV program's dishonesty in dealing with the issue of prostitution in Pattaya is particularly eye opening.